I accept that I have an obsession with my Panini press. I want to buy one for my office and one for our camper, but don’t want to spend $100-$150 on Panini presses right now, so I went looking at Goodwill last week but didn’t find anything. Surely there are some people who don’t realize that this is one kitchen gadget you don’t want to be without and have decided they would rather have a tax deduction?
Last week I had ham and cheese on English muffin Panini for breakfast twice. One of the days I was home for lunch, I made a tuna melt Panini that was very tasty but not very photogenic. Another day, I used leftovers from the night before: barbecued chicken and broccoli slaw. DH used some rub on the chicken that we had made a few months ago, and I made the barbecue sauce. Maybe one day we’ll write those recipes down, but so far that hasn’t happened yet. I made my favorite slaw, which is a variation on this recipe from Epicurious. I use a bag of broccoli slaw in place of the cabbage. It is pretty much the only slaw I make any more because I love that it is crunchy, delicious and healthy.
For my Panini, I set the Panini press on high to warm up, then sliced some chicken off a breast and tossed the skin. Next I split a wheat sub roll and spread it with a little mayo, then layered it with the chicken, some barbecue sauce and a couple of small handfuls of the broccoli slaw. I added a piece of sharp cheddar cheese, carefully closed the roll, and sprayed the outside with olive oil cooking spray. You could easily make this Panini without leftovers, just using roast chicken, barbecue sauce, sharp cheddar, and broccoli slaw tossed with a little lemon juice.
After sticking it in the Panini press, I turned it down to medium so the outside would not get too crispy.
I’ve been checking out this Food Porn blog regularly, and find it inspiring. This is my first attempt at food porn: